Lessons In Urban Warfare: “People Will Die In Huge Numbers”

SHTFplan Editor’s Note: Our friend Selco at SHTF School is no stranger to the realities of war. Having spent a year in the middle of a conflict that indiscriminately took the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children in the Balkan War during the 1990′ he is able to share a first-hand account of what the world as you know it may look like should it all collapse. Most of us theorize how such events may play out, but none of us is really prepared for them. Living in relative peace and prosperity most of our lives, the majority of Americans would find it almost impossible to even imagine what you are about to see and read.

As disturbing as the following video and commentary is, it is something you need to be familiar with now, so that you can prepare your mind, body and spirit for the absolute horrors that you will witness right before your very eyes should the worst happen. 

The following is a necessary, yet brutal, commentary and imagery. It provides some key insights into what we may well face in the future. A destabilization of life as we have come to know it is no game, no laughing matter, and not something that should be taken lightly.

As Selco so succinctly noted in a previous article, ” if I had to be an animal, I was an animal.” 

It’s about survival. That’s it.

(Pictured: Snipers take aim at civilians in Sarajevo during the Balkan War. Circa 1992)

*The following video contains extremely graphic imagery*
*Viewer discretion is advised*

We are at an interesting point in time. It might be a point that changes human history if some of those who rule us (sorry to call it like that but that is the situation right now) play their game and it escalates. I’m happy to know most of you have already prepared the proper storage and skills to try your best when the storm hits. Let’s hope we don’t ever need anything from this.

If you have time, stop eating (but maybe get drink) and spend half an hour watching the video below. It is just out since 4th of September 2013 but shows some older video footage of people fighting for their survival in Syria’s current conflict. It’s bloody and may be disturbing for some, so may be don’t eat. I speak a lot about how I moved through city and fought in my survival course and see many similarities. Too many, so I had to take some breaks looking at this. Anyway, I have comments about this video below.

[Selco Note: "Be aware that this video is clearly pro rebel propaganda. I do not take sides and have this video here for the urban survival and fighting in it."]

3:33 and 11:29 You can expect whole kind of injuries, and being kid does not protect you at all. Both injuries looked horrible, but kid with the bloody head probably just lost part of his scalp, so it is good for him. Nature of fighting in crowded space is brutal. There is no discrimination with explosives and if opposing force thinks of you and your family and friends as nothing more than animal then everyone is target. Look for small parts of shrapnel, they can penetrate deep and go unnoticed.

7:33 SHTF in your city is something like slow process of accepting the fact that everything around you is going to hell. I remember watching my city burning years ago, it looked like magic, big fires in city without electric lights, later I was looking how places that I knew for years disappeared from the face of the earth, and from my memory too. And some time later I learned too not to give a damn for places disappearing around me, because I learned that people disappeared (got killed) too, so it became my bigger goal to stay alive. If things get to this point, prepare to be in free fall with everything (and everyone) around you changing and turning ugly.

11:55 Guy with the bad dreams did see only small part of his bad dreams. He is under the pressure, doing some hard job and his every moment is filled with tension. Later, years later bad dreams gonna haunt him, when he goes back to “normal life”. Actually he is gonna figure that there is no normal life for him anymore. Sorry man, world becomes different place.

12:24 City moving during the fighting is some other moving then you use to. It means that you need to “draw” some other map. Move through the ruined buildings, holes in walls etc. Moving trough the normal ways is usually way to dangerous.

13:48 ”We have enough shown to the people. Do something .” I have been there, only this dude has opportunity to say this to someones camera. I was asking myself for days “is it possible that no one is seeing that people are getting killed, children are dying, and that people are starving.” Later I figured that mostly people do not care for that, because of many reasons, and I figured too that there are no sides, only people suffering, dying,fighting, surviving… I talk more about this after comments here.

16:56 Guy throwing the “home made” bomb, usually made from the unexploded stuff, while his buddy is taking cover few meter behind opening without revealing himself. Basics of urban street combat. Shooting is done from small openings or with just your hands raising (with rifle) above some cover and spraying. Progress is made when civilians learn to fight. They speak about how warfare changed from spraying and random shooting to snipers and IED’s in this video.

19:41 Does this guy look like he knows what he is doing? No, he is not so familiar with the weapon. SHTF also means lot of guys with weapons, and many of them do not know how to use them too, some of them seeing it for a first time probably. And shooting does not mean that you’re gonna hit something always, there is also other reasons for shooting, so it is good idea to have huge amount of ammunition. When you go out with group for first couple of times… stay away from them. Friendly fire is real and I saw people get taken down by friends and family or shooting themselves.

26:41 That is the picture how most of the cities gonna look when SHTF, it shows some of the streets, and you can say that it is war there, and it is not gonna look like that in “my SHTF case”. But still you need to consider that in any disaster and survival scenario for whatever reason, with time and lack of the city services, violence and ruins because of fight for resources, it is pretty much similar. Consider this when you are taking some advice and plans for moving through the city during survival scenario. “Smart” advice like “usage of skateboard for moving trough the SHTF city” just does not make sense.

I feel like I describe something that can not be described, but the video helps one to imagine. Imagine how things can go bad and grim and then add more to it.

Another survival lesson that can be learned

Do you see how long this conflict in Syria going on? People are getting killed, dying, starving, no proper medical care, no common services etc. Does that look somehow irregular to you in some way?

I hope not. Look at the situation in Syria and yes there is some help coming from other countries but many people survive. That you are lone survivor 3 months after SHTF is another myth in the “survival scene”.

People will die in huge numbers, but also it will be crowded with lots of bloody fights for resources. People have ability to adapt, so we all can eat food with worms, learn how to shoot and kill, live without showers etc. People will die yes, in many ways, but not as fast and not as easy as many may imagine.

It is gonna be fight for survival and everyone is invited.

Who will go first?

Not necessarily the weakest ones in terms of strength. Expect to see the first casualties among the people who are the most dependent on society and have very poor ability to adapt.

So while a 70 year-old man surely looks like guy who is gonna die among the first ones, when you compare him to the young athletic looking teacher (or whatever), in reality that old guy might be able to adapt faster, because he comes from poor background and grew up in sort of the same survival scenario. That athletic looking dude may be lost because his strong faith in society and good human nature.

International intervention or not?

Personally I do not know enough about the situation on ground and the media reports are very different, so I can not say if helping rebels is good or not. If you are there and see this and experience it you want to help them, you can be sure about that. If you only see this from the distance it is different. Best thing really would be if everyone goes home, stops fighting and Assad leaves.

Not gonna happen.

Maybe now is not the time for US or international troops to get involved in this, but leaving mad dictators like Assad kill people? I think this is a situation where every way is wrong. Now it is just about finding which is not too wrong. No need for world war 3, no need for atrocities on civilians.

This is what I have to say about this. Share your thoughts and opinions on scenes in video and situation in Syria in comments.

You can follow Selco’s story at SHTF School and learn how he survived one year in hell. 


More Excellent Reading From Selco:

If I Had to Be an Animal, I Was an Animal. It Was About Survival

A Survival Q & A: Living Through SHTF In the Middle of A War Zone

Advice From A Collapse Survivor: “RUN!” From Major Cities

The Reality of Combat: “Everything That You Have Prepared and Stored for SHTF Will Be Pushed to the Limit”

SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Urban Camouflage: Dressing For Success – The Success Of Going Unnoticed

Editor’s Note: TJ Miller is the author of the incredibly informative book Beyond Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization from Scratch and is a long-time contributor of survival related articles and insights in our community areas (under the moniker of Odd Questioner). You can keep up with TJ’s musings at the Beyond Collapse Website.

What follows is yet another of his unique perspectives on survival. Should an emergency or disaster strike, there is a real possibility that you may be out and about in the city, or travelling, leaving you far from home with only your skills and ‘get home bag’ as your available tools. Being stuck in an unfamiliar urban environment during times of stability is challenging enough. Imagine what it would be like should law and order break down. In such a scenario, your survival will depend on your ability to camouflage yourself in urban environments, something TJ provides detailed instruction and strategy  for in the article below.

Don’t Be Seen When You Cannot Hide -wait, what?

Picture this: You’re in a big city. Excrement has struck the fan, and it’s beginning to splatter. No, wait. Picture that you’re trying to walk to work in a big city after your car broke down, a city large enough to have a huge and ongoing problem with crime (muggings, pickpockets or even excessive panhandling.) Or, picture both, or pick one. Makes no diff, because this little system I’ve figured down will work either way.

When most folks think of wearing camouflage, they think of some guy wearing some green splotchy thing as he creeps about the woods. Add the word urban to that, and you think of some guy wearing some gray and black splotchy thing as he creeps around the city. Well, toss those thoughts out, because what we’re gonna do is teach you how to get about town without becoming a target, yet blend in perfectly. Perfect example? Let’s pick on San Francisco. Why? Because, well, I’m currently typing this in SanFran, and it has all the elements we need for our discussion, so…

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That’s right – we’re gonna study our urban environment. It pays to know what you’re going to be walking around in, after all.

First up, what do we have here, people-wise? We have tourists, homeless folk by the metric ton, wealthy folks wearing incredibly expensive clothing, normal working schmoes wearing everything from dirty clothes (manual labor) to 3-piece suits (executives) to funky/off-beat crap (programmers and artists). If you’re a guy, the short skirts and revealing clothing on the ladies also rank way up there (especially in summer…) A wide variety of people about, no? Now – who do you notice first? The flashy dressers and executive types, right? Well, if you’re desperately trying to get out of a city mid-disaster, or just trying to walk through one at night without getting mugged, you probably don’t want to be one of them.  Take notes of that kind of stuff, because we’re not done studying things just yet.

Next up, what do the streets look like? Are there a lot of narrow streets, or is there enough room to walk near the curb without getting too close to a building corner or blind alley?  Where do the homeless folks curl up at night? Believe it or not, this is actually easy enough to tell if you know where to look (and, let’s face it, smell). Building facades with a lot of nooks and crannies that are perfect for blocking wind are also perfect hidey-holes and sleeping-perches. Same with small blind alleys and parking/loading-dock entrances. They also happen to be perfect places for some unkind soul to lurk in wait for an unsuspecting victim, so learn to recognize where those potential spots are before you stroll up to them. If you walk certain routes frequently, get to know those spots intimately so that you’ll know when to get your butt out towards the curb or –if necessary– across the street. Also, while you’re peeking around, do you notice that some streets are natural for places like trucks and delivery vehicles to drive down, where loading docks and service entrances normally face? Yeah – may want to avoid those initially, but if you’re dressed and behaved right, you can put them to good use if needed. Be sure to keep tabs on buildings which are unoccupied, dilapidated, or worse – squatters (and folks with ill intent) like to put such places to use if they think they can do so without getting caught. Vacant lots are also places to keep a good, hard watch for.

Now, go back and check these places and routes out at different times of day and night (the latter only if you’re certain that you can safely do so). Notice that after a certain hour, the only tourists out on the street are either drunk , sniffing around for prostitutes, or sniffing around for some illicit substance (and yes all three types are idiots, but notice them anyway). During midday, you’ll likely notice a lot of working stiffs out there on lunch break. In-between, and depending on where in town you are, you’ll notice a mixture of just about everyone. Be sure to take notes on all of these and elsewise. You’ll get to know when the 5am deliveries start rolling in to the stores. You’ll get to know when the janitors finally call it a night. You’ll get to know all of this and more. Again, start taking notes, eh?

One other thing to note – obviously if you’re visiting on business, or vacation, you won’t have (or want to waste) time to do all this homework beforehand. Good news is, you don’t have to do it while you’re there. If there is another big city nearby you can take a few exploratory trips to (or you live in one), you can at least get a feel as to what to look out for, and catch up quickly.

Dressing For Success – The Success Of Going Unnoticed

Now – remember all that talk about clothing earlier? Well, let’s revisit that.

When you go to packing for a trip (or want to flesh out your get-home bag for those commutes downtown), that would be a very good time to look into what you intend to wear while you’re there. I have a few ideas you may want need to consider…

  1. Muted colors are your best friends. Avoid stuff that burns the retinas, and stick with grays, blacks, faded colors, or the like.
  2. Get comfy – unless there is something dressy that you absolutely have to wear (like at some kind of ceremony or sales presentation), stick to well-worn and comfy clothing. If you have to wear a suit okay, but stick with clothing that you would wear if you were mowing the yard, or working on your car. Keep it clean and serviceable, but make sure it’s not new or crisp. The nearest thrift store is a goldmine of clothes like this – I strongly suggest availing yourself of one.
  3. Logos and controversial sayings are bad, so don’t wear any. This goes for your jackets, shoes and outerwear too. Aside from the whole gang-sign thing (which can be an issue), a logo often betrays a lot more about you than you would like, and a logo unfamiliar to the area will advertise that you’re not from around here. If you otherwise think you must, stick with neutral and non-specific stuff, preferably faded.
  4. Speaking of shoes, always include a pair of worn, comfy but dirty shoes or boots. Something that you can (literally) walk for miles in. Be sure that you can walk for miles in them, because you just may have to, you know? By the way – this means that unless you’re going to be on a beach, open-toed shoes, sandals, or flip-flops are also out.
  5. Ladies? I know you like to look sexy (and Lord knows I like the sight of sexy women!) but… skip the revealing and “cute” crap if you can. Stick with “sensible” wherever possible. Let’s talk about why for a moment: The idea in a potentially dangerous situation is to be ignored, not to wear clothing that screams “rape me!” to the wrong people. It doesn’t matter how big and strong your spouse/boyfriend/whatever is; it only takes seconds to slit his throat from behind, leaving you rather defenseless. Suffice it to say that revealing clothing in a bad place (and/or bad time) puts you and your man-friend in potential mortal danger, so, well… don’t.

Next up, let’s talk about your grooming habits.

  1.  leave the hair spray at home, or keep it to a minimum. Your hair will thank you, and fly-away hairs leave you slightly unkempt, increasing your odds of being ignored, or being thought of as not a worthy target.
  2. Gents- thinking about shaving? Maybe every other day, or perhaps get a beard going. Again, the unkempt thing.
  3. Certainly keep your teeth brushed and suchlike, but avoid strong-smelling mouthwashes, as they tend to impede your sense of smell of up to an hour or two after brushing.
  4. Don’t do cologne and perfumes. It makes no sense to look like an ordinary impoverished schmuck if you smell like you just stepped out of a ritzy perfume shop from half a block away.
  5. Same with bright or stand-outish makeup, ladies. Keep it muted and light. Let your natural beauty shine through instead, so you can avoid standing out or  looking like a wealthy target.
  6. Yes, shower regularly while you’re traveling… duh. It’s the best way to keep clean and avoid a lot of germs. However, avoid strong-smelling armpit deodorants and such. Same reason as #4, eh?

How To (Properly) Walk The Streets

This part is harder than it looks, but if you’ve been following the advice in the book, you’ll find it much easier to do. Here’s a few good, hard rules of etiquette when you’re walking the city streets. There’s a lot of them, so take your time…

  • Unless a cop is giving you an order, never ever answer a voice spoken in your direction, even if you know it’s you being spoken to. From panhandlers to criminals and con-men, all they need is for you to grant them a moment’s attention, then they have you. Ignoring the voice lets you keep walking. Be sure to keep an eye in the speaker’s general direction just in case, but 99 times out of 100 during the day you’ll be able to keep walking without incident. Night carries a different ruleset, but only insofar as you need to start thinking about weapons and escape if you hear that call and it’s not coming from a panhandler. Note that in a pure SHTF situation, if a cop is giving you an order, you may want to start thinking immediately about escape as well, but use your judgement.
  • If you bump into someone gently, just keep walking, muttering an “excuse me” as you pass.
  • If you bump into someone hard or anyone bumps into you at all, immediately (but discreetly!) put a hand over your wallet, grip your purse tight against you, and insure that any luggage (e.g. backpack) you’re carrying is still secure (as you’re still walking!). Inspect of any suddenly opened zippers on that backpack.
  • Keep your wallet in your front pants pocket if possible, otherwise in a jacket or folded over your pants front. You’ll know immediately if someone is reaching for your chest or your crotch long before you’ll notice someone reaching for your back pocket.
  • Ladies – you probably already know about safely carrying a purse, but as a reminder? In the city, it’s not a purse, it’s a football, and you’re the linebacker. Short straps are better than long, and thick better than thin.
  • Backpacks? Wear both straps, like it was built for. use a twist-tie (same color as the backpack material) to keep the zippers tightly closed while walking through dangerous areas – that way you’ll know if someone is trying to get into it from behind while you walk. Wearing the backpack on fully also prevents someone from snatching the thing off your shoulder. As a bonus, it’s more comfortable over long distances. If you insist on wearing it over one shoulder (because everyone else is), keep a very tight grasp on the strap, and use you’re non-dominant hand/shoulder to hold it – this frees your dominant hand to fight back (grab, punch, etc) if someone tries to grab it.
  • Always keep a look out ahead of you, on the sides, and occasionally behind you. Increase those looks back if the situation turns to crap.
  • Walk confidently, always. A confident walk means you’re not a timid target.
  • Never, ever, ever look lost. Go over your route beforehand – in the age of maps-on-a-phone, you have no excuse anymore, and paper maps are still very plentiful.
  • If you do think you’re lost? Duck into a nearby store if one is open, and only then get out your phone or map, checking it while inside. This camouflages the idea that you’re lost, and helps you get your bearings in a relatively safe place. If nothing is open, find a safe indoor place to check (bodega, hotel, gas station, whatever) – be sure to buy something if it’s a small shop, so you don’t arose the suspicion and/or ire of the clerk.
  • Don’t buy anything with a bill larger than a $ 20, and never keep cash in your wallet (keep the cash in a front pocket or something.)
  • Standing around (let alone sitting) is a really bad idea. If you have to rest, do it in a shop, store, or restaurant.

…there’s lots more, but this should be a good start.

So Far So Good

So far, I’ve stuck to these rules, and they’ve worked out very well – I’m scruffy-looking enough to be mistaken for a local homeless guy (thus ignored) by tourists and petty thieves, but not enough so as to fool the local constabulary (The cops can see the fact that I bathe daily and am well-nourished, don’t look down-and-out attitude-wise, and don’t hang around in any one spot). With my worn clothes, old shoes, and old, dirty (but solid) dark and nondescript backpack, there’s no hint as to what I’m actually carrying – let alone what I do for a living (nearly half of the people I interact with have the letter “C” in their titles). I can actually wander around a lot of places that a tourist shouldn’t go, and have so far been mistaken for a local by most of the locals working in the shops (well, until I open my mouth and let the Ozarker drawl fly forth, but that’s a different story. icon smile <h2>Urban Camouflage</h2>)


(Pictured: Your humble author, out where he shouldn’t be.)

Note in that photo above, your author is sporting the latest in OPSEC fashion. We begin with the used gray hoodie-wear (the hood comes up in cold or rainy weather, or when I really don’t want to be noticed). We continue with a faded old black t-shirt and faded, ratty-cuffed jeans (note that you do not see the layered shirts underneath for warmth, or the – well, I’ll stop there). Completing the ensemble is a pair of dirty old shoes that are still in perfect working order, and are rubber-soled for long-distance walking comfort on concrete (and more importantly for walking silently if need be). The beard and 5 o’clock shadow complete the air of ‘ignore-me-I’m just part of the furniture here’, and the tousled wind-styled hair shouts both sex appeal and (more importantly) non-wealth.  Photo was graciously taken by a kindly hotel concierge who was at first rather amazed at what he thought to be some panhandler wanting his picture taken with a pricey smartphone. After I unlocked the phone, he relaxed a bit and obliged me. Kinda cool how that works out, no?

TJ Miller is the author of the incredibly informative book Beyond Collapse: Surviving and Rebuilding Civilization from Scratch and is a long-time contributor of survival related articles and insights in our community areas (under the moniker of Odd Questioner). You can read an excerpt from the book here and you can follow with TJ’s musings at the Beyond Collapse Website.

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Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents: Disaster Survival for the Family

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Urban Survival: When The World As You Know It Has Changed Overnight

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That Urban Country Look

Farmers up and down the land have fallen prey to a bizarre new fashion. Gone are the overalls, wellies and woolly hats, replaced as they are by a new-found taste for Saville Row tailoring and haute couture. The look represents a wholesale migration of city high fashion to the fields and lanes of bucolic Britain. Even the animals are beginning to register surprise at the sartorial turnaround, but farmer style gurus are dismissing it as jealous bleating.

Of course, this isn’t really happening. If you’re a country type reading this who’s just about to go online in fear of missing the wave of style, stop right there. But something equally interesting certainly is happening on the streets of British cities: the urban country look.

Shamelessly utilitarian in nature, the look draws heavily from a dressing down culture that has been threatening to sweep the nation since the late noughties. It can partly be explained by an economic downturn, although not purely in terms of financial wherewithal (the clothes aren’t necessarily inexpensive) but in trying to capture the spirit of the day. However such explanations provide only half the answer. After all, it’s during times of economic woe that people turn to their inner creativity to pull off boutique looks on a budget; think of any period of chic and you’ll probably see a gathering storm or ongoing crisis inspiring a luscious devil-may-care attitude. It could even be argued that it’s at times of wealth that the fashion houses have it easy and produce production-line looks aimed more at newspaper columnists than the street.

So how can the urban country look be summed up? Well the title does a pretty good job, but if you’re after details you have to think more of a blend of high street fashion with outdoor accoutrements.

A pair of skinny trousers with a tweed jacket, sturdy shoes and a woolly hat can be seen as a sort of archetype, primed to be accessorised and modified. The downbeat air can even be enhanced by a little well placed staining or patching, and if you’re a male the clean-shaven face has to be considered a bit of a no-no if you’re trying to pull off the whole vibe.

An important aspect of the look is, as with any look, attitude. Remember, it’s only a style; you are still an urban fox, getting through day to day life in the big, bad city, surviving on your wits and your contacts. You don’t have to pretend you’re fresh off the 8:21 from Windmillville, pointing at buildings over three stories high and asking passers-by where you can get a ploughman’s sandwich (the answer is Boots, by the way).

Country style does encroach on the city street from time to time, so checking out a vintage clothing store can be a good and inexpensive way to start building your look. You’ll also find mainstream interpretations of the look on the high street (if that’s your thing) or, don’t forget, you can go straight to source and find some authentic signature garments from the countryside itself, or at least one of those countrified cities like Bath, Chester or Norwich. You don’t have to get your shoes muddy!

Nigel Cooper created this review on behalf of Rokit, providers of urban country and other styles of vintage fashion which are becoming increasingly popular at the moment.

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Urgent Urban White

Nowadays, white-collar family in urban life are subjected to varying degrees, plagued with various syndromes, including sub-health syndrome, stay up late syndrome, syndrome and other weekend. Among them, the vast majority of people will often fatigue, insomnia, depression, loss of appetite and other symptoms, physically and mentally fatigued.

“Syndrome” intensified A company in Changchun Yue serving only two years of college, he found in a recent examination of high blood lipids, liver and other alcohol problems. Turns out, he usually cope with the tremendous work pressure while also frequently deal with wine Bureau. “Now, I not only feel good immunity in the fall, working conditions are very difficult to return to the previous level of the.” Yue told reporters.

A company in Wuxi city’s Eon to work for 5 years. Due to the increasing pressure, by night she is usually to resolve stress, insomnia will follow. “Insomnia has become routine for me, ate sleeping pills are not effective, and it is painful.” Eon said she also suffered from the weekend syndrome, manifested as both longing for the weekend, they fear the weekend extremely contradictory.

At the same time, bring high-tech mobile phone syndrome, such blog syndrome has become the new troubled urban white-collar workers.

Juan is Haikou City in a white-collar class. She was a year ago opened a blog in the hope of reducing stress, and never thought it could get very “crazy.” Write a blog to view from the other blog, her blog has become an indispensable part of life.

“Every day one to the office, the first thing I did was open the blog, see Bo Friends of the message.” She said, if you see no new message, she will feel very frustrated. “I feel my life has been lived blog to contain.” She said helplessly.

“Syndrome” has become a social problem

Jilin counseling women and children, Senior Counselor Song Fei said that the acceleration of urbanization process in China will inevitably lead to accelerate the pace of city life and the breeding of impulsiveness, increasingly fierce competition in today’s society, white-collar crowd in order to survive and develop The hard work will inevitably lead to burnout, causing many of the “syndrome.” In fact, this situation occurs not only in our country, in the United States, Japan, Korea and other developed countries the same.

Jilin University, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences, paint thinking that the “syndrome” is not only white-collar appearance of a personal problem, it is a social problem, one of the root causes of social employment mechanism is imperfect. Currently, finding a job is a prominent social problem. White-collar work in order to keep existing, have to compete, or to find a better job and pay more of the physical and energy. “If you perfect the mechanisms of social employment, everyone can find a suitable location, people will naturally reduce the pressure.” Paint Jones said.

He said, “syndrome” intensified and our current system is not perfect therapy also has a lot. Abroad, psychologists have been into the home, and in our country, not only out-patient mental or psychological consulting rooms are not sound enough and norms, the society has not advocated to encourage an atmosphere of psychological counseling, most people no sense of psychological counseling. Even if someone wants to see a psychiatrist, is also worried about the privacy leak.

Paint thought that the elimination of “syndrome” is a systematic project to rely on the efforts of all sectors of society, such as the establishment of a sound employment security system, and psychological treatment system. In this way, not only for white-collar workers to provide more employment opportunities, but also provide more and more appropriate way of psychological decompression.

Not become a “syndrome” of the slave

Armed Police Corps Hospital of Hainan psychological practitioner He Junping, said people in the community survival and development, the pressure is normal, because the only driving force pressure. Calmly deal with the pressure, the key is to find strong point. First, self-awareness and positioning to be reasonable.

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